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The Makings of a Groin Vaulted Masterpiece

Groin Vaulted

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of getting up close and personal with a groin vaulted ceiling, you’ll know that they’re pretty unique. When you’re used to looking at straight ceilings with boring 90 degree angles, the intersecting curves of the groin vault are more than just alluring.

But it also seems very complex. So, let’s take a closer look at the groin vault to see what it’s made of.

The makings of a groin vaulted ceiling

A groin vault is made up of two intersecting barrel vaults. Okay, that may sound complicated if you aren’t familiar with the barrel ceiling. So, let’s take a step back. A barrel vault is the simplest kind of decorative ceiling. It is made up of one single curve that is repeated over and over until the desired effect is reached. Sometimes, it’s repeated over the length of an entire ceiling. Other times, it’s done over a smaller area.

How a barrel becomes a groin vaulted ceiling

So you know that a groin vault is made up of intersecting barrel vaults, but how does it work exactly? Picture two pieces of wood that were each bent into the shape of a rainbow. Now, cross one over at the intersecting center point. That’s a simplistic view of a groin vault, but you probably get the idea of how it works now.

What does a finished groin vaulted ceiling look like?

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing a groin ceiling up close and personal, we have a treat. Take a look at these before and after pictures to see examples of this magnificent vault before and after it was finished with drywall. The unfinished groin vault is interesting because the arches create somewhat of an optical illusion. From a picture it can be difficult to gauge the depth of each component. But when it’s finished with drywall and a coat of paint, it all starts coming together.

If you’re looking to add a groin vaulted ceiling to one of your projects, kudos to you. These are some of the most stunning ceilings you can possibly add. Don’t’ be dissuaded by the complex appearance, either. Groin ceilings are a lot easier to install than you probably think – especially when you don’t have to build it from scratch yourself. When you order one of our vaulted kits, we’ll do all the hard work for you. We build the arches and offer easy-to-follow instructions for you to install the ceiling seamlessly in the quickest time possible.

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